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Chambliss weighs in on presidential races

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' visit to Gainesville concluded long before the polls closed in New Hampshire Tuesday evening. The senator, however, said he was not surprised by last week's showing by his colleague, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

January 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Commission chairman wants to explore combining county, city fire services

County commission Chairman Tom Oliver sparked discussion Monday with the county fire chief and other commissioners on merging Gainesville and Hall County fire departments.

"The challenge is we see an opportunity here to work with the city to make services a little more uniform to save some money ... and have quicker response times," Oliver said. "I think (the merger) will eliminate the duplication of services."

January 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hospitals file suit, say rule change will cost them paying customers

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is among a group of 59 nonprofit hospitals that filed suit last week against the Georgia Department of Community Health, claiming that the agency illegally changed its certificate-of-need policy.

January 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


After hiker's death, residents say they are shocked, more cautious

A dark and heavy cloud hung over the city of Buford Tuesday as grim details kept emerging about the discovery of Meredith Hope Emerson's remains.

Residents of the Atlanta suburb went about business as usual, but some of them said they will never look at their town the same after hearing of the 24-year-old hiker's death.

January 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Suspect charged with murder in hiker case

On New Year's Day, 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson disappeared after setting out with her dog for a day of hiking near Union County's Vogel State Park.

January 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Thompson Mill Road plans: Residents want more shopping, no more houses

An outdoor shopping mall accompanied by offices and homes is planned at the Village at Deaton Creek active adult community off Thompson Mill Road.

January 20, 2008 | Nikki Young | Local


For runners, there is a free lunch, and a YMCA membership

To get people to participate in its March 20 "Get Fit Stay Fit" 5K run/walk, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is making an offer that's hard to refuse.

January 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Language academy could be permanent home for much traveled South Hall students

A group of South Hall families who have seen their children moved in and out of three elementary districts over this decade could find a home in Hall County's new World Languages Academy.

January 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


New lanes opening on Dawsonville Highway may cause delays

Two new lanes on Dawsonville Highway are set to open today, according to an official from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

January 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Boaters pay so ramp can open again

Lake Lanier's dwindling levels have left boaters with only a handful of operational ramps, but local fishermen and rowers alike have worked together to raise funds that will allow a ramp at Clarks Bridge Park to open on Sunday.

On Monday, Lake Lanier Rowing Club donated $1,000 to a ramp extension fundraising effort initiated by bait and tackle store owner Kerry Hicks.

January 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Official touts future of South Hall sewage plant

Hall County officials presented their newest asset, the Spout Springs Reuse Facility, at a press conference Monday in South Hall.

January 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Creative kids tour arts center as reward

GAINESVILLE - Some kids in Hall County took advantage of their last day of winter break by sleeping late and watching television. Others perused the art at the Quinlan Arts Center.

On the day before their art debuts at the Lakeshore Mall, about 20 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs toured the Quinlan Arts Center, and some got their first taste of a real art exhibit.

January 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia may get first-ever water plan

Georgia would get its first statewide water management plan under a proposal approved Tuesday by the drought-stricken state's top environmental officials.

The Georgia Water Council, a group of lawmakers and officials, unanimously adopted the plan after almost three years of wrangling over its specifics. But it must still be approved by Georgia's lawmakers before it can take effect, a process that promises more debate during the legislative session.

January 19, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein The Associated Press | Local


Hikers unsettled by Emerson's death

The disappearance of Meredith Emerson, the hiker who disappeared near Blood Mountain on New Year's Day and whose body was found Monday night, has been a hot topic of conversation in Georgia and throughout the nation.

January 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Carville, Matalin to visit Brenau

Husband-and-wife political advisers James Carville and Mary Matalin, who worked for opposing presidential candidates in 1992, are scheduled to appear at Brenau University on April 18.

January 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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